Fumbling Towards Ecstasy [Import Bonus Track]

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy [Import Bonus Track]

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by Sarah McLachlan
     
 

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Although 1991's Solace made Sarah McLachlan a star in Canada, her international breakthrough arrived two years later with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a softly assured album that combined the atmospheric production of Pierre Marchand (a former apprentice -- and evident disciple -- of Daniel Lanois) with some of McLachlan'sSee more details below

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Although 1991's Solace made Sarah McLachlan a star in Canada, her international breakthrough arrived two years later with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a softly assured album that combined the atmospheric production of Pierre Marchand (a former apprentice -- and evident disciple -- of Daniel Lanois) with some of McLachlan's strongest songwriting to date. At the center of everything was her voice, an ethereal, lilting soprano that helped pave the way for Paula Cole, Lillith Fair, and a decade's worth of successful female songwriters. McLachlan utilized the crack between her chest and head voice, emphasizing the changing tones as her melodies climbed into the vocal stratosphere. She was also comparatively young at the time of Ecstasy's release, and her combination of vocal hooks and commercial appeal wouldn't be fully mastered until 1997's Surfacing. Even so, McLachlan's work was rarely as raw or honest as it is here, where tales of sin, lust, and love are delivered alongside piano arpeggios and electronic flourishes. "Possession," the album's lead-off single, is a jarring love ballad with lyrics inspired by a stalker's correspondence. There's a double-edged quality to the song's eerie lines -- "I'll take your breath away," "I won't be denied," "Just close your eyes, dear" -- and Marchand underscores that tension by setting McLachlan's melodies to a nocturnal trip-hop beat. Elsewhere, the two lighten up with "Ice Cream," which likens love's sweetness to decadent deserts, yet Fumbling Towards Ecstasy takes most of its strength from the lush, rhythmic dreamscapes that dominate the album. Alternately dark and shimmering, intimate and ornate, soothing and slyly unsettling, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy launched McLachlan's international star power while setting a high bar for her future albums, many of which approached -- but not never quite eclipsed -- this career highlight. [The Japanese version of the CD was released with a bonus track.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/1994
Label:
Arista Europe
UPC:
0743211903226
catalogNumber:
119032
Rank:
140903

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah McLachlan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Bill Dillon   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Guitorgan
Dave Kershaw   Hammond Organ
Pierre Marchand   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Shaker,Roland TR-808,Percussion Machine
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Michel Dubeau   Saxophone
Brian Minato   Bass
Guy Nadon   Drums
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Lou Shefano   Drums
Ashwin Sood   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Composer
Sarah McLachlan   Paintings,Introduction
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer,drum machine,Found Sounds
John Rummen   Sleeve Design
Roman Klun   Engineer
Graham Gilmore   Paintings

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